Sunday, January 09, 2011

gone too far

reading all i can about this shooting of arizona representative gabriel giffords in broad daylight at an outreach event at a grocery store in tucson. and i don't know whether to cry or throw up.  even the pima county sheriff says that arizona has become "a mecca for prejudice and bigotry."

it seems to me that hateful speech and words and deeds have consequences. and i wonder when people will wake up and realize it's gone too far.


Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

My heart aches for AZ and to the families who lost love ones. I agree with you--words can hurt--trust me I know and after 30 years I can still remember words that were said to me.

We must learn to stop and think before we speak.

Tracy :)

Char said...

the world has gone beyond insane. i agree.

it seems so inadequate to say that - like i should be saying more but it is so depressing and sad that i don't know what to say but... i wish everyone could return to the times when we thought of others as much as we did our own person.

nacherluver said...

Ugh! I haven't watched or heard the news in a while. I had no clue this had gone on. Part of the reason I don't watch. It's so scary and sad what's going on in the world right now. This is an ugly and absolutely inexcusable tragedy. Prayers to victims, families of victims.

will said...

Zealots and crazies have been forever shooting or blowing up those who symbolize something positive. Lincoln, JFK, RFK, MLK, John Lennon name a few.

But now days we have hate radio, instant Internet campaigns (filled w/ tons of wrongness), biased 24 hr. TV news programs ... All feeding hateful lies and nonsense to the public. These have become pep talks for the loonies!

We once only worried about the easy access to guns. Now we need to worry over the media sources which motivate and make killing seem the right thing to do.

celkalee said...

Fanatics are not new to our world, have always been here, however, 24 news service drives the process. That said, Our world is changing. Political figures all over the world are easy targets. Our thoughts and prayers for those affected are all we can do personally. No matter where you live or what you do, be alert to your surroundings, be wary of distractions, enjoy your life with filters, hug your loved ones.

Numinosity said...

Yes, it's really hitting home as my friend learned about the death of one of her friends while we were watching news coverage at my house. My friend had worked on Giffords' campaign and knows her personally as well as a couple of the injured.
What a tragic irony that the little girl was born on 9-11 and dies on 1-8 11 too and was present because she was drawn to the political process.
It's beyond words how something like this comes to pass.
xoxo Kim

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

I am crying, but only for now. After that, I doing whatever I can to stop this negative, hateful talk that surrounds politics in America right now.

Disagreeing is one thing, but this hateful, violent rhetoric can only lead to more of the sadness that happened in Arizona.

mrs mediocrity said...

I am with you, something has gone very wrong. My hearts breaks to see this, and all the blithering and defending of what is clearly wrong. Right now, I am ashamed of my country.

stephanie said...

I hadn't heard about this until I saw your post. It's amazing to me the amount of hate/crazy/idiocy that continues grow in the world. It freaks me out more and more that people just have no regard for the lives of others. And even though terrible things like this have been going on for centuries, it's still shocking to hear about.